Feature Stories

We’ve got something for everyone here in Features — people stories, off-the-beaten-path kind of stories, science-in-action sagas. Take your pick!

4 October 2017

Stuck with Neodymium?

Using high-field electromagnets, scientists explore a promising alternative to the increasingly expensive rare earth element widely used in motors.

17 July 2017

Beating the heat treatment problem

Looking for ways to make better superconductors for the next-generation particle accelerators, a young scientist homed in on how they were heat-treated. He was getting warmer.

1 May 2017

Intro to high-temperature superconductors

At the National MagLab and other labs across the globe, the race to discover ever-warmer superconductors is heating up. Find out what these materials are, what they’re good for and why this field is red hot.

7 October 2016

Tapping into the Topological Promise

At the National MagLab, scientists have been experimenting for years on materials first dreamed up by the newest physics Nobel laureates decades ago.

26 August 2016

MagLab measures a megabeast

When documentary filmmakers needed to know the bite force of a prehistoric megabeast, who did they turn to? The National MagLab.

13 July 2016

Seeing the future through crystals

Deep in their beautiful lattices, crystals hold secrets about the future of technology and science. Ryan Baumbach aims to find them.

1 July 2016

Science and cycling

During the sport's biggest month of the year, MagLab staffers talk about how biking enhances their life — and their science.

23 June 2016

Small wonders

Science in a tight space requires ingenuity, tenacity and a really good pair of tweezers.

14 June 2016

When scientists go on vacation

Time off from the lab can recharge batteries, inspire new insights and give the brain a break — even when a little science sneaks in.

22 April 2016

Sustainable science

At the National MagLab, we believe in renewable, responsible science. Research conducted in high magnetic fields leads to materials and energy solutions that could have lasting impact on our world economy and ecosystem.

6 April 2016

Behind Laura Greene

Hired in 2015 as chief scientist, this eminent physicist brings a dynamic array of talents to the MagLab.

17 March 2016

What's luck got to do with it?

When it comes to science, can fortune tip the scales?

26 February 2016

Student makes smashing discovery about meteorite

At research conducted at the MagLab, a young geochemist uncovers the surprisingly violent origins of a meteorite.

1 February 2016

My science valentine

Featuring Star Trek, Winnie the Pooh and the MagLab's Science Café, this is geek love at its finest.

4 January 2016


Striking the delicate balance between competition and collaboration in science.

1 October 2015

What's on your fridge?

Our fridges are plastered with our life stories. Tell us what your icebox says about you.

10 September 2015

Homogeneity: At the MagLab, it’s in more than milk

Homogeneous magnets make data clearer for scientists. The MagLab has some of the most homogeneous magnets in the world.

4 September 2015

How to survive a postdoc

Postdocs face big challenges as they learn the ropes of real-life science. The MagLab and other institutions are doing more to help them make the most of these years of intensive training.

12 August 2015

Science = Ooh + Aah + Wow + Cool!

At the MagLab, back to school means back to cool … as in cool science lessons, teacher workshops, internships and other STEM education programs.

28 July 2015

Five reasons phosphorene may be a new wonder material

A material that you may never have heard of could be paving the way for a new electronic revolution.